Thursday, July 20th 2006 12:51pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News
, Event News
Posted by: Hotrod
IDW has updated their website, Idwpublishing.com
, with information about what they will be doing at San Diego Comic-Con this year. IDW's involvement starts today. Here is what was posted on their site:
"First, what we won’t be doing is setting up a full booth this year. Rather, we’ll be sharing booth space with Hasbro (#3213), so you can still catch us there. At that booth, we’ll have numerous sets of THE TRANSFORMERS comics, collections of variant and hard-to-find covers, and more, and both IDW staff and creators will be drifting in and out of the booth all day. Now, onto our day-to-day plans.
THURSDAY, JULY 20
IDW Publishing and The Transformers: More Than Meets the IDW
Thursday, July 20, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Next summer the big-budget Transformers movie hits the world! But this summer, you can get an advance look at IDW's plans for their TF comics leading up to the release of that movie, as well as talk about all the other TF titles in the works for 2006 and 2007! Join IDW publisher/ChrisCharger Chris Ryall, along with editor Dan Taylor, artists Don Figueroa (The Transformers: Stormbringer), E. J. Su (The Transformers: Infiltration), and other surprise Autobots and Decepticons who might stop by the panel. Room 4
Yeah, we know there’s a discussion hosted by a supermodel and featuring comics superstar Grant Morrison chatting with Deepak Choprah, but are they going to fill you in on the return of Bob Budiansky to the world of the Transformers? Didn’t think so. See you there.*
*By “see you there,” we also mean “everyone attending our panel will receive a free Transformers #0 BotCon Edition comic!”
Immediately following our panel in the same room will be this:
4:00 – 5:00 PM
The Hasbro Transformers design and marketing teams take the stage to discuss their plans surrounding their Transformers Cybertron, and Transformers Classics lines and answer your questions. Also, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and DVD cover artist Don Figueroa, will be joining Hasbro to talk about their 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD of Transformers: The Movie and unveil Don’s amazing new art for the DVD release! Room 4
FRIDAY, JULY 21
IDW Publishing: Ideas and Designs 2006
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Learn about IDW’s exciting plans for the next year, including an overview of licensed books such as The Transformers(we’ll recapThursday’s TF panel for folks who couldn’t make that one) and Angel/Spike, as well as a full rundown of upcoming horror titles and some special, never-before-heard-or-seen announcements. Join IDW publisher Chris Ryall, along with editor Dan Taylor, writers Brian Lynch (Spike: Asylum), Shane McCarthy (Zombies!), and Scott Tipton (Angel/Spike); artists Ben Templesmith (Wormwood), Ashley Wood (Zombies Vs. Robots), Dan Wickline (30 Days of Night: Dead Space, and…) John Layman (Puffed, and…), and other special guests for the lowdown on the upcoming slate of books. Room 4*
*And keeping with our theme of rewarding you for sitting in a chair for an hour, we’ll be tossing copies of ZOMBIES!: FEAST #1, the Ted McKeever variant wraparound cover to the first 100 people who show up.
Prism Comics: Evaluating LGBT Material: How May We Help You?
3:00 – 4:00 PM
With more material being published involving LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) characters and issues, audiences and retailers need strategies for encouraging and supporting diversity while providing an environment in which the only surprises are the twists in the plot. Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting LGBT creators, themes, and issues in comics, offers its services in this area to the broader constituencies of the comics community. This discussion focuses greatly on the retail community, addressing the topic of how to get more LGBT-friendly books in your store and how Prism can help you sell them. This panel is the beginning of what is intended to be an ongoing dialogue, with the participation of experts from every aspect of the industry, in order to establish action plans in the quest for greater diversity in content as well as in the customer base. Panelists include Roger B.A. Klorese, president, Prism Comics and founder of QueerNet; Rory Root, owner and operator of Comic Relief, Berkeley, CA; Chris Powell, general manager of Lone Star Comics, Arlington, TX; José Villarrubia, artist and academician; Paige Braddock, cartoonist, Jane's World; Chris Ryall, publisher/editor-in-chief, IDW; Charles Brownstein, executive director, CBLDF; Brian Chase, Lambda legal attorney, LGBT rights activist; and ,b>Roger Fletcher, VP of sales and marketing, Diamond Comic Distributors. Moderated by Patricia Jeres, Prism advisory board member and former director of marketing communications at DC Comics. Room 24A
Then, Friday night, come out and root on IDW at the Eisner Awards:
Eisner Awards Ceremony at Comic-Con
Nominees Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood (Best Short Story nominees for “Blood Son” from Doomed), and Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan (Best Multimedia Artist, Interiors for Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate) will be in attendance. Sorely missed will be Best Limited Series nominees Alex de Campi and Igor Kordey (nominated for Smoke), but we’ll happily accept the trophy for them if they pull off a win. Other FoIDW (“Friends of IDW”) nominated this year are Ben Templesmith (for the Image title Fell) and Eric Shanower (Image’s Age of Bronze, both nominated for Best Continuing Series.
And speaking of Eric Shanower…
SATURDAY, JULY 22
Eric Shanower’s Road to Oz
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Journey down the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz with Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze). Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Ozma, and all the rest cavort through Shanower’s Oz stories and illustrations. Celebrate IDW Publishing’s new compilation of Shanower’s Oz graphic novels, Adventures in Oz, and see the many other Oz projects Eric has created. Room 1A
For more information on the con and a complete convention schedule, click here. And stay tuned to IDWPublishing.com for a post-show recap and photo essay of the weekend’s events, too."
Wednesday, July 19th 2006 11:21pm CDT
Category: Sponsor News
Posted by: Seibertron
Joel at BigBadToyStore.com
Hi - Here is a quick newsletter from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com
ton of exciting new preorders and more new arrivals.
MP-01 MASTERPIECE CONVOY: Here is another chance for you to pick up one
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JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED 3-PACKS: Another big shipment from Mattel has
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CYBERTRON SUPREME - PRIMUS: The version of Primus without Unicron Head is
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ROBOCOP MODEL KITS: Six new mini model kits from Koto have just arrived,
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Each kit is only $8.99 and very cool for the low price point.
DUCK DODGERS: All 5 figures from this cool set including Marvin the
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NARUTO: The first item from Toynami's take on Naruto us now in stock -
the Shadow Clone Jutsu statue is available well under MSRP at $99.99
GENTLE GIANT QUI-GON JINN BUST: Get your Jedi Master bust now for just
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VAMPIRE HUNTER LEI-LEI STATUE: A very colorful and interesting new statue
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SDCC - COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES: We have a variety of items from NECA
arriving shortly after the con ends - up for preorder now are exclusive
Evil-Lyn Statue, Pirate Jack Skellington, Cannibal Jack Sparrow, Resident
Evil Leon in R.P.D. Uniform, and MOTU Mini-Bust Sets. On Monday July
24th - we'll be listing the ALTERNATORS NEMESIS PRIME Exclusive!! Stay
tuned for that and more cool items being listed after the con ends.
TRANSFORMERS BINALTECH - HOT RODIMUS - FORD GT: Takara's second entry
into the new KISS series will be an awesome new repaint of one of the best
Alternator figures out there. We currently have only concept art, but
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DEAD OR ALIVE XTREME BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The marketing coup continues as
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DC DIRECT 13" SUPERMAN VERSION 2: The first 13" Superman figure sold out
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BOWEN STUDIOS - MARVEL BUSTS & STATUES: A slew of cool new items from the
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Spider-Woman, Green Goblin, Classic Hulk - up for preorder - check them
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - NEW GALACTICA STATUE: A cool new statue series
from Diamond Select, we have the Galactica listed $25 below MSRP at
$124.99. This one definitely looks like a winner
OPTIMUS PRIME 5" HEAD BUST: The second mini-head bust from Diamond, this
one joins Megatron at the $41.99 price point - very nicely done item.
FOUR HORSEMEN & BBTS EXCLUSIVE MINOTAUR: We were honored to be chosen by
the Four Horsemen as one of 5 websites to participate in their exclusive
program for 2006. The BBTS Exclusive is 'Sentinel of the Woodlands' - an
awesome minotaur from their 'Seventh Kingdom' original concept. Our
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ANIME GIRLS - Lots of new head-turning figures here:
--ENCHANTER - YU EUKANRIA: if you only look at 1 of these - choose this
--SHINING TEARS - BLANC NEIGE 1/7 FIGURE: Swimwear - always in style
--EUREKA SEVEN: 1/6 Scale Eureka & Talho Figures - Talho is awesome
--XENOSAGA: Another awesome Kos-Mos figure - 1/8 Scale
--FATE/HOLLOW: Saber in a Swimsuit with Shaved Ice Maker...
--MAGICAL GIRL: Fate Testerossa 1/8 figure - cool figure with huge sword
--LAST EXILE: Alvis 1/8 Scale figure - the most innocent of the bunch
GI JOE MOTION GLOBE: This one is about 40% Hallmark Moment and 60% Cobra
Moment - available for preorder at $114.99
LITTLE APPLE DOLLS: The fourth series of Little Apple figures is
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are up for preorder at $29.99
UPPER DECK MARVEL COLLECTIBLES: The UDA high-end Silver Surfer and Thor
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DC DIRECT BATMAN: The new Batman Through the Ages boxed set is up for
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of 5 for $59.99. Both look to be pretty cool sets.
ROCKY - GLOVES PROP REPLICAS: Another new item from Diamond Select, these
replica "Go the Distance" Gloves are up for preorder at $89.99
Thanks for your interest in www.bigbadtoystore.com
and be sure to check
out some of the many new preorders listed above. We'll be listing many
more new items as the news from Comic-Con makes its way to us.
Joel & The BBTS Crew
Wednesday, July 19th 2006 10:40pm CDT
Categories: Toy News
, Event News
Posted by: Seibertron
has posted the first wave of pictures from this years San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) Convention. Lots of exciting stuff!!!
20th Anniversary DVD Edition Optimus Prime
Is this version of Optimus Prime going to be all-plastic instead of die-cast and plastic? If the figure is plastic, it's sure to be cheaper than it was before. The good news is the figure won't be as fragile. The bad news is you'll have to spend a lot of money to get the original die-cast version.
View TFormers.com's Gallery
UPDATE: Tony Bacala
is also reporting that 20th Anniversary DVD Prime is all plastic. You can view their report here
Brand new Titanium Transformers Figures
Titanium 6 Inch: The following figures are currently on display: Starscream (repaint of Thundercracker - how's that for a twist???), Optimus Prime (fire truck version from Car Robots / RID - first news of this figure), Optimus Optimus (from Beast Wars Metals - first pic), Scourge (G1), Rodimus Prime, G1 Soundwave (w/ Cassettes!!!)
New Titanium 3 Inch: Galvatron, Bumblebee (Red - Cliffjumper?), Predaking and Grimlock
View TFormers.com's gallery
Upcoming Transformers Classics Figures
The following figures are currently on display: Astrotrain, Rodimus (Hot Rod), Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Megatron.
View TFormers.com's Gallery
Wednesday, July 19th 2006 9:49pm CDT
Category: Site News
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